Brooks Ashmanskas, the comic actor from Broadway's most recent Little Me and How to Succeed..., plays neurotic Charley in the York Theatre Company's concert revival of How Now, Dow Jones, Nov. 8-10, as part of the fall Musicals in Mufti series.
How Now, Dow Jones, from 1967, ran 220 performances on the plot of a romance that sets Wall Street in a panic. (When her lover tells her he'll marry her when the Dow Jones his 1,000, Kate, who is the announcer for the stock market, announces the thousand mark, and Wall Street goes wild.) Max Shulman wrote the libretto, and the score represents one of two Broadway shows written by film composer Elmer Bernstein ("The Grifters"). His other show was Merlin. Carolyn Leigh penned the frisky lyrics. The standout song from the show is "Step to the Rear," though the recently reissued cast album on CD shows Leigh writing quirky Hart-worthy lyrics about sex, men, women and expectation. Sheryl Kaller directs.
Bernstein will attend the evening performance, Nov. 9.
The Mufti How Now cast includes Cheryl Freeman (as Kate), Kristin Maloney (Sue Ellen), David Blackburn (ensemble), AJ Irvin (ensemble), Ian Knauer (ensemble), Kaitlin Hopkins (Cynthia), David Garrison (Wingate), Mitchell Greenberg (Dr. Gilman), Becky Barta (ensemble) and Gwendolyn Walker (ensemble).
Mufti and York's mainstage shows are presented at The Theatre at St. Peter's in the Citicorp Center at 54th and Lexington in Manhattan. For information, call (212) 935 5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org. — By Kenneth Jones